Cadillac's RWD Flagship Is Going Into Production

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Cadillac confirmed that a rear-drive flagship would go into production next year at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

In a statement released to the media, Cadillac boss Johan De Nysschen said

“The objective for this upcoming model is to lift the Cadillac range by entering the elite class of top-level luxury cars. Currently in development, this new rear wheel drive-oriented sedan uses completely new, custom-designed materials on a unique vehicle architecture.”

Riding on the all-new Omega rear-drive platform, the car will be unveiled in the first half of 2015. Styling is said to be inspired by the Elmiraj show car that won critical acclaim at its 2013 debut at Pebble Beach.

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  • Nguyenvuminh Nguyenvuminh on Sep 20, 2014

    If the production car stays close to the prototype, it will sell well here in the US market. It will continues to lag well behind MB, BMW, Audi and Lexus everywhere else in the world.

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    • BklynPete BklynPete on Sep 22, 2014

      If they really think there's a market for this outside of China and North America, I want to smoke what they're smoking.

  • CGHill CGHill on Sep 20, 2014

    Note that de Nysschen never recommended anything like this when he was running (or appeared to be running) Infiniti, which is in similar straits, brand-image-wise.

    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Sep 21, 2014

      Well, we don't know what got shot down in private at Infiniti. We also don't know that de Nysschen came up with this idea. He just got there, so the idea, the engineering, and decision to build was likely in the works already. NOBODY just takes over a GM division and makes production decisions.

  • Turboprius Turboprius on Sep 21, 2014

    The Elmiraj is a beautiful car. How Cadillac executes the production version is to be seen. I like the idea of taking concepts and making the production models look exactly like them. I believe it worked beautifully for the i8; I once said BMW was boring except for the i and M models, and the i8 is stunning. Yeah Cadillac, call it the LTS, but the Elmiraj will live on! If the production version just looks like a 210 inch long CTS (which it's seeming to look like so far), I'll call it the LTS.

  • _David_ _David_ on Nov 05, 2014

    I can't wait until 2015. I would love to see this Cadillac car in flesh and blood. It's amazing. Once I rode on one. It was my friend's car. Then just last year, I availed the services of and realized that their horsepower are pretty much alike.